Monday July 22 2019
Gasp: 'Atalanta need reinforcements'

Gian Piero Gasperini urges Atalanta to make a couple more signings and hopes “an indecent proposal for Duvan Zapata doesn’t arrive.”

The Orobici had their best ever season, reaching the Coppa Italia Final, finishing third in Serie A and qualifying for the Champions League.

“It’ll be a big test for us in an incredible competition like the Champions League, so we want to make a good impression in both Europe and Serie A,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“It’s fascinating to be playing our Champions League home games at San Siro, as we would’ve loved to host them in Bergamo, but that wasn’t possible and so this was the next best thing.

“I’d love to play at the Bernabeu or Camp Nou, above all for the fans to experience that. Of course, it’s going to be very difficult to repeat what we did or even improve upon it, but we have the motivation to excite the fans.”

Luis Muriel and Ruslan Malinovskyi were brought in, but Gasp warned they have more work to do.

“Last season, we were a bit limited and were fortunate not to have too many injuries to deal with. I don’t like squads that are too big, but we do need a defender and an alternative to Ilicic.

“It’s only natural that because we did so well, many offers came in for our star players, but we’ve turned them down. I think the only ‘indecent proposal’ we could receive would be for Duvan Zapata, although I hope it never arrives. If it does, the club will do its best to counter that.”

Gasperini had been on the verge of an exit this summer, with Roma calling, but opted to extend his contract with Atalanta.

“I am in debt to this club and this city. I am very happy the club kept their promises to retain the best players.”

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